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of abc news, this is a special edition of "nightline," tragedy at sandy hook, the search for solutions. >> i'm cynthia mcfadden. today the first of far too many funerals in a small community changed by tragedy. three days ago 20 children and six adults were killed in a connecticut elementary school, a mass shooting that sent shock waves of degree across the country. abc's juju chang reports from newtown, connecticut. >> reporter: sandy hook elementary school is closed tomorrow. and when the children return it will be to a different campus. the town is covered with memorials like this one that take on a feeling of a sacred sight as people make pilgrimages from all over. under a cold steady rain, a wave of communal grief washes over newtown. memorials growing in sets of 20 for the children. 20 christmas trees, 20 poinsettias, 20 angels. today the first funerals in a found whose faith is being tested in ways it could never have imagined. >>> for six-year-old jack pinto a huge new york giants fan. and noah pozner whose sister survived in another classroom. the rabbi struggled for the right
" -- tragedy at sandy hook, the search for solutions. >>> good evening. i'm terry moran. today the shattered community of newtown, connecticut, mourned the young teacher who died trying to protect her first grade class, while school districts across the country are now beefing up security. in the wake of this tragedy, schools nationwide are grappling with the difficult questions about keeping their students safe, including the debate over arming teachers with guns. here's alex perez. >> reporter: she came face to face with unthinkable horror and fought to save her first graders. laid to rest today, 27-year-old sandy hook teacher vicki soto. those remembers her we're green ribb ribbons, her favorite color. her sister jillian, already know what the world is remembering, saying you have been a hero to me for a lot longer than five days. you've been my big sister, the one i've always looked up to. among the mourners, family friend musician paul simon who performed "the sound of silence." soto did everything she could to keep her school family safe and worried teachers across the country are desp
. they are the young people of sandy hook who committed themselves to keeping all of the tiny flames burning. even as the cold, connecticut rains keep snuffing them out. >> i am just lighting candles since they are all going out with the rain to keep the spirit out and alive and going. >> while the public memorial grows, the private funeral services continue for all of those killed in sandy hook in agonizing succession. >> it is deep sadness with intense love at the same time. it tears you to the very fabric of your being. >> at saint rose of lima catholic church in newtown, back to back funerals for six-year-olds. first a service for james mattioli, and then two hours later the tiny white casket of his schoolmate jessica rikos. and except for sandy hook students, most others in newtown returned to classes. some parents were anxious. >> as a parent who send their children to school, we want to see them back. we want them to come back home. we wanted to hold them and hug them and love them, and we want them to come back home at the end of the day. >> in neighboring monroe preparations are underway
to class this morning in newtown. but the children who attended sandy hook elementary will be home for another day. >> and there's a massive volunteer effort to get their new school ready for classes and there are many more funerals today. abc's t.j. winick joins was the latest. hi, t.j. >> reporter: good morning. as you mentioned, the first two of what will eventually be over two dozen somber funerals were held yesterday. ♪ this is the living memorial in downtown sandy hook, where a constant stream of locals and visitors come to remember those lost in friday's horror. in newtown, a funeral for 6-year-old noah pozner, who was eulogized as a boy who liked animals, video games and mexican food. at his funeral, an onlooker collapsed. inside, his mother shared stories that had everyone in tears. >> she told him, i love you. >> reporter: a few miles away, another funeral. jack pinto, also 6, a big sports fan, whose favorite new york giants player, victor cruz, wore his name on his cleats during sunday's game. >> i was honored, man. i couldn't even express to them how great that made m
back to classrooms. millions of students and parents across the country in the wake of sandy hook. stay with us, everybody. you're watching "world news now." >>> "world news now" continues after this from our abc ♪ >>> welcome back, everyone. it is easy to forget that christmas is just one week away, and schools, they're in their final days before holiday break. >> doesn't seem a lot like christmas time. but none of those days are likely to be as nerve-racking as yesterday was. that was the first day back since the connecticut shootings. abc's amy robach reports on what was an anxious monday for many. >> reporter: parents around innation dropped their children off at school. many holding on a little more tightly. a day of jitters. schools from new york to tennessee to texas all went on alert after fear ignited several false alarms, some bomb threats. others as minor as an umbrella mistaken for a gun. an elementary school in richfield, connecticut, just 20 miles from newtown, went into lockdown after someone reported a suspicious person. security on the minds of principal, it was a pri
, director of episcopal church will read psalm 23, all of these killed friday, the 26 inside sandy hook elementary school. we invite you to join with us in psalm 23, in any way that you know it in your heart. it doesn't have to be the words here. >> the lord is my shepard, he shall mott want leadeth besides the still waters, he restores my soul. he leadeth me in the path of the righteousness for his namesake, yea, though i walk through the valley of the shadow of death, i will fear no evil for thou art with me, thy rod and thy staff, they comfort me. thou prepares the table before me in the presence of mine enemy. thou anointest my head with oil, my cup runeth over. surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life and i will dwell in the house of the lord forever. let us pray. god in heaven, we thank you for your presence with us here on earth. we know that the children who were lost in the tragedy first belonged to you before they belonged to us. and we commit their souls to you, to your loving eternal care. we thank you, lord that they are now in a place of no more si
of these killed friday, the 26 inside sandy hook elementary school. we invite you to join with us in psalm 23, in any way that you know it in your heart. it doesn't have to be the words here. >> the lord is my shepard, he shall mott want leadeth besides the still waters, he restores my soul. he leadeth me in the path of the righteousness for his namesake, yea, though i walk through the valley of the shadow of death, i will fear no evil for thou art with me, thy rod and thy staff, they comfort me. thou prepares the table before me in the presence of mine enemy. thou anointest my head with oil, my cup runeth over. surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life and i will dwell in the house of the lord forever. let us pray. god in heaven, we thank you for your presence with us here on earth. we know that the children who were lost in the tragedy first belonged to you before they belonged to us. and we commit their souls to you, to your loving eternal care. we thank you, lord that they are now in a place of no more sickness, no more sadness, no more suffering and no more sorr s
. another rough day here as you have described today. first graders from sandy hook elementary gathering to bury two more of their classmates while students at other schools here went back to class for the first time since the tragedy. the pain of saying good-bye has become a part of every day now in newtown. this grieving community buried two more first graders today. jessica rekos loved horses and asked santa for cow girl boots and a hat for christmas. a first born, she liked to plan and organize so much her family called her their ceo. james mattioli, nicknamed jay, loved sports on his ipad. early riser. he usually ended the day cuddled up on the couch next to his mom. there are so many here holding one another tight right now unable to sthak the horror. for jean ro . >> they kept saying that -- one of the boys said he had a big gun and a little gun. i -- i -- i could not fathom what they were talking about. >> reporter: he found the boys huddled in his yard after they ran past the gunman to escape. >> they were very upset. and i -- the two boys just start talking. hi no idea what hap
to sandy hook elementary school, carrying a virtual arsenal. investigators say the gunman had hundreds of rounds of ammo with him, perhaps enough to kill every student at sandy hook elementary. the connecticut governor says when the gunman heard police arriving, he used one of those bullets on himself. massacre ending as it began, with violence and blood. we have team fox coverage with rick leventhal on today's first funerals for the victims and updates on the survivors. first, the fox report's chief correspondent jonathan hunt live at the fire house in newtown, connecticut. where does the investigation stand tonight? >> it's moving slowly, john, and it's moving methodically. there are, of course, two main crime scenes. the school itself where those 20 children, ages six and seven, and the six female staff members were all gunned down, so horrifically on friday. that crime scene is likely to remain one, according to the cops, for months to come. it will not be reopened as a school until all of the investigative work is done there, if it reopens as a school at all. the second crime scen
>>> we are live in sandy hook connecticut two days after this tragedy. >> we now see their faces and know their names. the innocent lives lost in the newtown shooting. >>> at surround services across the country thoughts, messages, and prayers will be said in honor of the connecticut shooting victims. how churches in the bay area are responding. mornings on 2 starts now. >>> good morning, welcome to mornings on 2 i'm congress congress. >> and i'm dave stevenson. >> we could have a few light showers moving into parts of the bay area. not a lot of coverage to show you right now with the bulk of the action up to the north. even if you are not covered we could still have spotty sprinkles or drizzle. as far as temperatures this is the key change. warmer than yesterday at this time. temperatures right now basically matching yesterday's high. santa rosa 44 degrees. oakland 48. san jose 47 degrees. as far as shower chances here we are 10:00 this morning and we do bring in the chance but this forecast model really brings in more rain later on into the evening hours. we'll highlight that t
of the tragedy from sandy hook elementary. police say they have uncovered evidence in the case and they are tracing all the weapon, all the way backto the work benches where they were made. president obama preparing to fly to newtown, connecticut, to act oz our country's consoler in chief. as authorities release the names of the school staff and children who were killed, we learn, not only the terrible details about their last momes and the touching stories of the lives behind the names. i'm bream -- i'm shannon bream with america's news headquarters live from the nation's capitol, starting now. police are working to draw a more complete picture of the man who came to sandy hook elementary and killed children. peter doocy has the latest. >> reporter: with the connecticut state police press conference that just wrapped, the most compelling part, perhaps, was when the lieutenant basically warned people who have been somehow -- we don't know specifically -- but using social media to pose as the shooter and to offer some kind of misinformation. and the connecticut state police warn
in tears but also a town galvanized by their grief. good morning, america, from sandy hook. i'm joined by josh and amy and lara. liz intet in new york. right now, all across america, parents are sending their children to school, a lot of fear as well. we want to begin with gun violence, mental illness. we'll continue it all week long. >> are my children safe, it's a question parents are asking. security has been beefed up at schools and campuses around the country. as new details now surface about the horrifying moments when the shooter entered that school and unimaginable. to end that, we'll be joined by the school nurse. >> sally cox. she'll be with us in a minute. >>> let's get right to the presidents right now. he spoke last night. he came here and met with the families. he was with allison, the granddaughter of the school principal. the president comforted the families yesterday. then delivered the speech. he told the people of newtown, they're not alone. a powerful call to action. a president filled with angry. >> i come to offer the love and prayers of a nation. mere words canno
. most of the schools in newtown, connecticut, reopen today. sandy hook elementary remains an active crime scene. the site of friday's deadly shootings will remain closed indefinitely. 26 people including 20 young children were killed there. authorities hope to soon interview two survivors of the massacre. funerals, more of them, are scheduled for today. james mattioli was 6. his family says he loved sports, was a numbers guy, and best friends with his older sister. jessica rekos, also 6, loved everything about horses. she read about them, drew them, wrote about them, for christmas she wanted cowgirl boots. we have more. >> reporter: good morning. it's a rainy and somber morning in newtown where families have begun to lay their dead to rest, and more funerals are scheduled for days to come. it's back to school today for the children of newtown, connecticut, with one exception -- students of sandy hook elementary. kenneth canfield is a fourth grader at sandy hook. he was there that tragic day. >> he heard screaming and gunshots, and the room that he was in was being banged on by the g
years old. we can now put names and faces to those killed at sandy hook elementary school. among them, 27-year- old first grade teacher, victoria soto. her family says she died trying to protect her students. robbie parker lost his daugter emilie. >> "she always had something kind to say about anybody. she is an incredible person and i am so blessed to be her dad." >>reporter: the state medical examiner said he believes all the children killed were first graders as police continue to search for evidence in every "crack and crevice" of the school, the community is trying to figure out just how to cope. " when tragedies like this occur, people often look for answers, an explanation of how this could have occurred. but the sad truth is, there are no answers. no good ones, anyway." "the mass shooting at sandy hook elementary school is a stark contrast to the feel you get walking thru this picturesque town. it almost feels like a norman rockwell painting. in fact, there's been one homicide in the last ten years." >>reporter: police say 20- year-old adam lanza, seen here in a photo from 200
and memorials are hemmed for the 26 people for those who died at sandy hook elementary school. president obama consoled the families and survivors telling a weeping crowd that he will use all the powers his office can bear to keep something like this from happening once again. >> the investigation continues. the tight knit community and everyone across the country trying to understand the "why." why a 20-year-old young man who was smart enough to take college courses at the age of 16 could commit such a heinous crime? why a well-to-do mother would have a collection of heavy duty weapons which police say her son used to shoot her in the head, four times, that morning, in her pajamas before he took the same guns to the school to kill innocent children. the guns were her way to connecting with her troubled son. >> she was trying to bond, find ways to bond with him and she told me the guns, she would take them shooting because that was a way a single mom could relate to her son. she would take him out shooting. >>reporter: family and friends describe the shooter as a socially awkward loner but the
from sandy hook elementary. last night, the president assured them he will take action, saying they are not alone. and, as we said, this week here at abc news, we will join the search for answers about gun violence in america. but we do begin this evening in a community that is shattered but holding on, and abc's dan harris, who has been there from the start, watched as the funerals began today. dan? >> reporter: diane, good evening. this growing carpet of cards and flowers and teddy bears behind me is a symbol of a community that is hoping, in the words of one of the signs here, that love will get them through this. first, though, they need to get through the funerals, which began today. today, in newtown, a funeral for 6-year-old noah pozner, who was eulogized as a boy who liked animals, video games and mexican food. he used to tell people he worked in a taco factory. at his funeral, an onlooker collapsed as the procession passed. inside, his mother shared stories that had everyone in tears. >> when she told him, i love you, his answer was, not as much as i love you. >> repor
with the latest. from the tragedy in sandy hook. there will be fresh grief as the first funerals are held for the victims. two little boys, jack pinto and noah pozner will be remembered. >> president obama spoke of their loss and the others at a vigil last night. saying we, as a nation, cannot tolerate this kind of violence anymore. we're learning new details about the shooter himself, adam lanza, and how he managed to carry out his deadly massacre. we begin with coverage from abc's tahman bradley. >> he joins us live from newtown where the grieving will take a more private turn later today. good morning, tahman. >> reporter: sunny and rob, good morning to you. today is going to be another tough day for this heartbroken community. funerals will begin today and tomorrow. for some of the victims. and last night's prayer vigil, visited by president obama, is something that this community and the country will not soon forget. >> olivia. josephine. >> reporter: the more than 900 mourners who packed newtown high school heard an emotional president obama admit the country has failed them. >> sin
in newtown, connecticut. it all started when a gunman entered through the doors of sandy hook elementary school. we are awaiting a press conference, you're looking at that right now. it has not begun, but i do want to give those of you who have joined us a sense of what happened. tom foreman walks us through what happened yesterday morning minute by minute. >> this is what we know at this point about the timeline of the shooting reported by law enforcement officials and witnesses and the layout of the school as best we can piece it all together. 9:30 in the morning, classes had been underway for a half hour. more than 600 students and approximately 50 faculty members inside the building. in addition to that there's a meeting just convened by some of the school officials including the principal in a room somewhere right up here, about seven of them all gathered in one room. about 9:40, ten minutes later, as beck we can make it out, that's when the gunman appears to have entered the building. how? we don't know. they had a new security system right up here that might have kept him out, not
of silence in connecticut. today marks one week since a gunman walked into sandy hook elementary and opened fire, 20 students were killed, six adults died. connecticut governor malloy is asking the entire nation to join his state in the moment of silence to honor those victims. church bells will ring 26 times. >>> since last friday the sandy hook community and the entire nation has been coping with the tragedy back-to-back funerals have been taking place all this week in connecticut. latest services took place yesterday for benjamin and jesse, both were 6-years-old. more services are scheduled for today and tomorrow. >>> abc news will air a will stream it live on abc7news.com. >>> new this morning, president obama responding to an online petitionzwp)éhlling fr stricter gun laws in the wake of the school tragedy in connecticut. here's a portion of his comments moved to the white house website, just after 3:00 this morning. >> the president: i will do everything in my power as president to advance these efforts. because if there is even one thing we can do as a country  our children, we hav
to be with you. i'm terrell brown. most of the schools in newtown, connecticut, reopen today. sandy hook elementary remantsinn active crime scene. 26 people including 20 young children were killed there. authorities hope to soon interview two survivors of the massacre. funerals, more of them, are scheduled for today. james mateoli was 6. his family says he loved sports, was a numbers guy, and best friends with his older sister. jessica ricos, also 6, loved everything about horses. she read about them, drew them, wrote about them, for christmas she wanted cowgirl boots. majerle hall has more. >> reporter: good morning. it's a rainy and somber morning in newtown where families have begun to lay their dead to rest, and more funerals are scheduled for days to come. it's back to school today for the children of newtown, connectic connecticut, with one exception -- students of sandy hook elementary. kenneth canfield is a fourth grader at sandy hook. he was there that tragic day. >> he heard screaming and gunshots and the room that he was in was being banged on by the gunman. >> reporter: kenne
. the dead believed to include sandy hook's school psychologist and the principal. the gunman's mother was discovered reportedly at home in newtown. the gunman himself is dead. police said they fired no shots. a tight-knit community, a nurse rushed to help, shot, distraught. >> i see have you been crying? >> yes. >> reporter: because of what you saw? >> one of the cops said it's the worst thing he had ever seen in his entire career, but it was when he told the parents. all of the parents waiting for the children to come out. thought they were still alive. there's 20 parents just told that their children are dead. it was awful. >> reporter: awful. and late today, speaking for the nation, but also as a father, an emotional president obama fought back tears. >> reporter: this evening, michelle and i will do what every parent in america will do, which is hug our children a little tighter. and we'll tell them that we love them and we'll remind each other how deeply we love one another. but there are families in connecticut who cannot do that tonight. and they need all of us right now. >> we
of normalcy today. classes resume at all newtown schools except for sandy hook elementary. the students return as that community says goodbye to more victims of friday's shooting at sandy hook. danielle lee is live in newtown, connecticut, with the latest. danielle, good morning. >> reporter: aaron, good morning. you may be able to make out a christmas tree over my shoulder. that's marking a memorial that's become the focal point of this little town. students may drive past it today as they head to class and return to routines for the first time since the shooting. it will be a reminder that some things will never be the same. yesterday we saw the first two funerals for the victims. there will be more today. there will be a viewing for the teacher vicky soto who died shielding her students. it's been incredible to see the mementos that people have been bringing to the memorials in tribute to these victims. police say the investigation continues. they have confirmed that the shooter went to shooting ranges with his mother who also was the rightful owner of those guns that he used in the crime.
into the night in the tiny new england village of sandy hook, a community still trying to come to grips with all they lost. in the center of town near the christmas tree, the memorial grows to the 26 people killed by adam lanza at the local elementary school two days ago. many came with their kids. >> how do you feel? >> i feel fine, but i'm not scared. i'm strong. >> all day people here have been trying to stay strong. >> most of them have been crying . >> marcy owns fun cuts in the village. one of her appointments failed to show up yesterday. he was one of the little boys killed at the school. >> they would just -- they were just adorable, happy, funny kids. >> and today even more disturbing details emerged about what happened at sandy hook elementary. state police reveal lanza fired hundreds of rounds in the classrooms killing 20 first gradersers and the principal. and then there were bullets he didn't fire and hundreds more left behind in 30-round magazines and still nomo tiff. no motive. >> we don't have a specific reason to say why this occurred. >> whatever the reason for the rampage, it
through on, was installing this new security system at this elementary school at sandy hook elementary school so that, if there were to be a stranger or visitor to come to the school after the school doors closed at 9:30 in the morning, they would have to ring the bell. security very important for dawn hochsprung. friday morning, she was in a meeting, according to a parent, with the school psychologist, and they heard the pop, pop, pop, and immediately sprang into action. and lunged for the shooter, and that is when she passed away. one report, as she was lunging for this young man, there was a teacher down the hallway, who she yelled at, get in the classroom, close the door, lock the door from the inside, all of this from this principal lunging at the shooter. she was married. she had two daughters, three stepdaughters. let me read you this one tweet, wolf. this was from her 30-year-old daughter, christine. "my mom was taken tragically from me, but she went down in a blaze of glory that truly represents who she was." just two of the many names, wolf, we're finally hearing a little bit
reportedly photographs that were taken at sandy hook elementary of what the classrooms looked like so the professional movers could move everything in and make it look exactly the same was really, truly a remarkable feat given the duress everyone's under. trucks have been coming up and down delivering all of the equipment, desks and just all of the gear that you need to actually functionally make a school happen for little children. >>> a shattered town tries to return to some sense of everyday life, knowing that nothing is really ever going to be the same. most students in newtown, connecticut return to class today but not those at sandy hook elementary. there's a funeral held for another child today, killed in that massacre. i'm suzanne malveaux in atlanta. >> and i'm ashleigh banfield, live in newtown, connecticut. this is newsroom's special coverage, "newtown remembers." today, grieving families are saying good-bye to a 6-year-old girl while yesterday two little boys were laid to rest. connecticut's governor has now taken on the role of comforter, as the heartbreaking scene plays
. tragedy at sandy hook. >> good evening to all of you, i'm diane sawyer, here with george stephanopoulos at abc htd quarters in new york and we sboin you on the air this sunday night because the people of newtown, connecticut are holding a vigil and president obama is about to speak. he is in the auditorium at the ne newtown high school, about a mile from where so many lost their lives. >> the president landed earlier today. four times now as president he's had this somber task. this may be the most wrenching one, we saw the president get choked up talking about this on friday. we should advise everyone at home this could be difficult for young family members to watch. >> the president has always said the hardest and most important thing he does is try to fill a hole in the hearts of those suffering with words. i want to go to david muir outside the high school right now in rainy somber newtown. >> really appropriate, in fact, a rainy cold night here in a town that needed the president to come, in his role as comforter in chief. as a father himself, i can tell you he met with the familie
. welcome back to cnn's continuing coverage of the tragedy at sandy hook, elementary. we are here in newtown, connecticut. heading towards the bottom of the hour. i'm kate bolduan and john berman will be back to join me in a couple of minutes. let's catch you up on what we know this sunday. president obama will head to newtown, connecticut, where he will meet with the families of the victims. the president will also speak at a vigil, an interfaith vigil tonight. many people looking forward to hearing his words. we also know 12 of the victims were boys and 8 were girls. the medical examiner released the names of all of the victims yesterday. all of the children were either 6 or 7 years old. while 6 of them have the victi adults, all were women working at the school. united way set up a fund to collect donations for victims' families and the community as a whole. it's called the sandy hook school support fund. all donations will go directly to those affected. many ways to impact your world today. >>> we still don't know much, though, about the shooter, adam lanza. so many questions and very f
saw inside the sandy hook elementary school. >> the crime scene itself is something that has made a mark in all of our minds. the task of that responsibility with the crime scene is something that we will never be able to erase. >> there will never be a good enough explanation why 20 elementary students were gunned down but we all need answers. i'm wolf blitzer reporting from newtown connecticut. state police is working around the clock. their investigation of the school massacre is very methodical and very, very painful. joining us now, lieutenant paul vance. he's become the face, the spokesman of this investigation. the connecticut state police. lieutenant vance, we're here in your office in middletown, connecticut. i know it must be hard on the journalists so it must be so much more hard on the men and women that work at the connecticut state police. what has it been like? >> it's been a horrible, tragic scene. the initial response was just horrific. the men and woman that risked their lives going in there trying to stop the aggression, trying to stop the shooting and carnage a
at sandy hook elementary school. six adults including 29-year-old rachel davino who dressed up in costume and broke out in song to help her students learn. and ann marie murphy whose parents say shield some of her students from the hail of bullets. full-time substitute teacher lauren russo dreamed as a little girl of becoming a teacher, even making a set of dolls her first classroom of students. mary was the school psychologist who for years helped children deal with life's terrible challenges. when the first shots were fired, she and school principal dawn hochsprung quickly headed toward the danger. the two women reportedly lunged at the gunman and died trying to overtake him. there was also 27-year-old teacher vickie lee soto who died trying to protect her students. >> their father, carlos, was up the other night identifying vickie's body and was just told kind of how she was found, protecting her kids, doing instinctively what she knew to do, protecting her children. >> the gunman's mother, nancy lanza, was the first victim last friday, shot by her own son in their own home. and the ki
in newtown, connecticut. i'm ashleigh banfield in for erin burnett. this just in. listen. >> 6-7 muc. sandy hook school. caller thinks someone is shooting in the building. front glass is broken, unsure why. all units, the individual that i have on the phone is continuing to hear what he believes to be gunfire. units responding sandy hook school at this time, the shooting appears to have stopped. the school is in lockdown. >> that broken glass is the result of the gunman reportedly shooting his way into the school. the unthinkable tragedy has left this very small new england town shattered tonight. 28 people dead. that's including the shooter himself. most of those killed were students at the school. very, very young students. there were 20 children killed. between the ages of 5 and 10 years old. there were also 6 adults shot dead after a heavily armed gunman dressed in black fatigues and a military vest opened fire in the school. >> we just told a little boy about his sister now and just to see him, he said who am i going to play with? i have nobody to play with now. excuse me. >> the gunma
. she had been a teacher at the sandy hook elementary school. the school's principal dawn hochsprung was among those killed and tonight a friend remembered her as "quote, the kind of person you would want to be educating your kids. school psychologist mary sherlock was also kilged. this afternoon afternoon the brother, ryan lanza was taken in for questioning by police and he was handcuffed. officials did not label him a suspect. the gunman's father was also questioned in relation to what happened here today. tonight, a nation in mourning. candle light vigils were held in newtown and across the country. there was one just outside of the white house in washington, d.c. earlier today, president obama ordered flags to be flown at half staff nationwide in tribute to the victims of this terrible tragedy. in an emotional address, he said this to the nation. >> i know there's not a parent in america who doesn't feel the same overwhelming grief that i do. the majority of those who died today were children. beautiful little kids between the ages of 5 and 10 years old. they had their entire liv
mother multiple times in the face before continuing his killing spree at sandy hook elementary. while this town tries to begin healing, one major focus is on helping its youngest survivors find hope again, so their lives do not become defined by one moment of terror. and the president says tonight that he believes that our society will be judged based on how well we protect our children and says he'll use all the powers of the presidency in order to make sure america does a better job in the future. live in connecticut, mark greenblatt, back to you. >> anything anyone can imagine the anguish that town is experiencing and things will only get worse throughout this week. 27 funerals to go through in this tragedy. what do we know about when they begin? >> reporter: it's really such a grim task and it begins in a few hours. the first two funerals scheduled to begin later today. >> mark, it's the holidays too. so how is the mood in newtown? >> reporter: clearly here, the holidays have really just changed remarkably. if you go into town, not too far from where we're standing, you'll see can
, connecticut return to class today but not those at sandy hook elementary. there's a funeral held for another child today, killed in that massacre. i'm suzanne malveaux in atlanta. >> and i'm ashleigh banfield, live in newtown, connecticut. this is newsroom's special coverage, "newtown remembers." today, grieving families are saying good-bye to a 6-year-old girl while yesterday two little boys were laid to rest. connecticut's governor has now taken on the role of comforter, as the heartbreaking scene plays out too many times. >> the governor's asking people across connecticut to pause for a moment of silence friday at the shooting that killed those 20 children and 6 adults at the school. he sent a message to governors around the country asking their states to do the same. we want to update you on new developments in the aftermath of the tragedy in newtown. schools reopen today for the first time since the shooting ram page. more police, extra counselors of course on hand. sandy hook elementary still remains closed. funeral services are being held for another 6-year-old. jessica rekos loved ho
to sandy hook elementary, to start the process of resettling the students at a new school. 20 little flags dot the curb just outside the newtown high school. teddy bears at ram's pasture. angels keeping watch near the center of town. and the town's flag in the center of main street at half-staff. and the once joyful christmas tree now has a different glow. surrounded by memorial candles and the lights of the world's media. the residents of newtown know it will take time for this town to heal. but they're also determined to know the world that newtown will not just become another word for tragedy. >> the town right now is mourning. we're sad. i think -- i think down the road, we'll definitely be stronger. you know we have to be stronger. >>> good evening, everyone. we are live once again tonight from newtown, connecticut, a community struggling with grief, reaching out to one another for comfort, beginning the long, long process of saying goodbye to so many young lives cut far too short. makeshift memorials we mind the people of this community that they're not alone in their grief. people s
of connecticut sandy hook elementary would be filled with the sounds of children and their teachers. however, today, that school remains a crime scene, closed indefinitely just days after 20 small children and six educators were murdered, brutally extinguished in an act of violence that has gripped the hearts and minds of this nation. 26 souls lost and today, the first funerals will be held for two of the youngest victims. 6-year-old jack pinto, a new york giants fan, and noah pozner, whose twin sister survived the shooting. we are also learning new information about the connecticut state police investigation, including that the gunman, adam lanza, had enough ammunition if given more time to shoot hundreds of students in the halls of sandy hook. >> every single facet of the weapons will be analyzed. every single round of ammunition will be looked at and examined for any kind of physical evidence. i alluded yesterday to the volume of rounds, for example, that were seized or recovered. each singular round will be examined. >> president obama last night visited with families who lost loved ones
and pulled him out. >> peter: not only sandy hook high school where the memorial was last night, he did go for sandy hook elementary school as well >> brian: western connecticut at 16. >> peter: exactly. probably many of you went to curch had over the weekend. maybe i will share with you what we did in our church one of the most moving services i have been in, in my life. a manhunt underway for the gunman who shot and killed two to pecka officers. 22 year old david tuskreno opened fire on the officers outside of a grocery store as they respoppeded to a call. a 50 year old was killed. his son is a police officer 29 year old jess atherly who just joined the force last year. most detailed report on the benghazi terror attack could be released today. they will deliver the assessment to the state department. the state department will make recommendations on improving security. secretary of state hillary clinton is not testifying as plant after fainting and suffering a concution . john kerry is apparent lein for the post. president obama will nominate septemberor john kerry as next secretary of
of addressing gun violence, today, president obama said that the tragedy at sandy hook changed everything, and now focusing on these issues will be at the forefront of his agenda. the president promised action. >> so, i will use all the powers of this office to help advance efforts aimed at preventing more tragedies like this. we won't prevent them all, but that can't be an excuse not to try. >> reporter: he pledged that his administration would look at the mental health, education, cultural and gun control aspects of this tragedy. and to head the effort, he appointed vice president biden, an author of the 1994 crime bill, which contained a ban on some semiautomatic rifles. the team will report back by next month, the president said. the president hopes to capitalize from this national moment, when eve some pro-gun rights democrats are calling for change. today, he demanded congress take real action right now. ban the sale of high capacity ammunition clips. close the so-called gun show loophole that does not require background checks in many private sales. and ban the sale of what he call
rifles in all of our stores chainwide. >>> grief counselors will be on hand this morning. sandy hook elementary school remains closed. jessica rekos will be laid to rest today. she couldn't wait until her 10th birthday to get a horse. she adored them. >>> another big story out of washington where there's been huge movement in the fiscal cliff wrangling with 14 days left to go before huge across-the-board tax hikes. overnight we learned that president obama made an eye-opening new offer in talks with house speaker john boehner. under this new proposal, tax rates would go up on incomes above $400,000. for years the president has campaigned that that number should start at $250,000. he's also offering some new spending cuts to go along with this. speaker boehner's latest proposal called for the tax hikes to kick in at $1 million. cnn's dan lothian is in washington with the latest on this. dan, it really does look like there is some movement. >> it does. this movement came during a meeting the president had with speaker john boehner yesterday at the white house. that meeting lasted for 4
in the gym of 1300 and staff and students of sandy hook elementary are actually in the crowd and they're wearing green and white ribbons. the town's and the school's colors with a small angel in the middle of them. we're told that this service will be delayed a bit because the president is still meeting with these family members and classrooms at the high school. and he's taking his time with these families in individual classrooms. we don't have a start time yet. it could be possibly at the bottom of the hour. we don't know as of yet. they'll give us the best cues they can, but he is meeting with these-- with these families one by one and also meeting with first responders. and picking up on what charles said. >> yeah, i mean, i was just going to point out when you talk about, you know, heroes and human moments and the stories that we've heard about these teachers over the course of the last 24 hours. >> the principal and-- >> the principal. >> the psychiatrist. >> and losing their lives and trying to protect the kids and then there were teachers who hid in closets with children and
sandy hook elementary, the second deadliest school shooting ever. 20 little kids and seven adults and the shooter who took his own life. all in a close-knit quiet community 90 minutes from new york. we will give you the latest information, but what we will not do is repeat the shooter's name over and over again. we don't want history to remember this murderer. we want history to remember the victims, the teachers and the children, those whose lives have been unfairly taken. we have a teamworking on the tragedy and we have soledad o'brien on the scene. there vigils tonight. we will be checking in with her shortly. vigils to tell you about as the people come to grips with what happened. so much happened and so much we have learned since this morning. right now there is an active crime scene and many of the bodies still where they fell. still inside that school including that of the killer. we do at least tell you his name once. it's adam lanza. we won't be saying it much tonight. he was 20 and his mother taught at the school. she was found dead at the family home, unclear when or ho
in the tiny new england village of sandy hook, a community still trying to come to grips with all they lost. in the center of town near the christmas tree, the memorial grows to the 26 people killed by adam lanza at the local elementary school two days ago. many came with their kids. >> how do you feel? >> i feel fine, but i'm not scared. i'm strong. >> all day people here have been trying to stay strong. >> most of them have been crying . >> marcy owns fun the village. one of her appointments failed to show up yesterday. he was one of the little boys killed at the school. >> they would just -- they were just adorable, happy, funny kids. >> and today even more disturbing details emerged about what happened at sandy hook elementary. state police reveal lanza fired hundreds of rounds in the classrooms killing 20 first gradersers and the principal. and then there were bullets he didn't fire and hundreds more left behind in 30-round magazines and still nomo tiff. no motive. >> we don't have a specific reason to say why this>> whatev. >> whatever the reason for the rampage, it will never make se
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